Classic Cinnamon French Toast Recipe

French toast is a favorite breakfast and even a breakfast-for-dinner option in our house. Our favorite French toast flavor is simple cinnamon French toast. Cinnamon added to the batter really gives it a boost of flavor and the benefits of cinnamon for blood sugar really helps to counteract the sugar from topping our French toast.

Try this French toast recipe on for size. You may never want to have regular French toast again.

What you need for cinnamon French toast

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 8 slices of your favorite bread (thicker slices work best)
  • Butter for cooking
  • Maple syrup and powdered sugar for serving (optional)

How to make cinnamon French toast

Prepare the Egg Mixture

In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. The cinnamon not only imparts a warm and aromatic flavor but also infuses the bread with a delightful golden hue.

Soak the Bread

Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture, ensuring both sides are thoroughly coated. Allow the bread to soak for about 20-30 seconds on each side, allowing it to absorb the flavors.

Heat the Pan

In a skillet or griddle, melt a pat of butter over medium heat. The butter adds a rich flavor and helps achieve that golden-brown crust we all love on French toast. I love to use an electric griddle for making the perfect French toast and pancakes.

Cook the French Toast

Place the soaked bread slices in the hot pan and cook until both sides are golden brown and slightly crispy. This usually takes about 2-3 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your bread.

Serve and Garnish

Once your Cinnamon French Toast is cooked to perfection, transfer it to a plate. If desired, drizzle with maple syrup and dust with powdered sugar for an extra touch of sweetness. Fresh berries or a dollop of whipped cream also make delightful additions.

What to serve with cinnamon French toast

Pairing your delightful Cinnamon French Toast with complementary sides can elevate the overall breakfast experience. Here are some ideas to consider:

Fresh Fruit Salad: Serve a refreshing fruit salad on the side. Choose a mix of seasonal fruits like berries, melon, and citrus to add a burst of freshness that balances the sweetness of the French toast.

Whipped Cream: A dollop of homemade whipped cream is a luxurious addition. You can flavor it with a hint of vanilla or a touch of cinnamon to tie it back to the main dish.

Greek Yogurt with Honey: The creaminess of Greek yogurt pairs well with the richness of French toast. Drizzle some honey over the yogurt for sweetness and a delightful contrast in textures.

Crispy Bacon or Sausages: Add a savory component by serving crispy bacon strips or your favorite sausages. The saltiness and savory flavors will complement the sweetness of the French toast.

Nut Butter Spread: Offer a selection of nut butters such as almond butter or peanut butter. Spread a thin layer on the French toast for added richness and a hint of nutty flavor.

Maple Syrup and Chopped Nuts: Besides drizzling maple syrup over the French toast, sprinkle a handful of chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts. This adds a delightful crunch and additional depth of flavor.

Eggs: Scrambled eggs or a simple omelet can add a protein boost to your breakfast. The combination of sweet and savory elements is a classic and satisfying choice.

Caramelized Bananas: Sauté banana slices in a bit of butter and brown sugar until they caramelize. This adds a sweet and gooey element that pairs exceptionally well with the French toast.

Orange Juice or Mimosa: A refreshing glass of orange juice or a mimosa (for the adults) can provide a citrusy contrast to the sweetness of the French toast.

Herbal Tea or Coffee: A warm beverage, such as herbal tea or coffee, can round out the meal. The contrasting temperatures make for a cozy and comforting breakfast experience.

Feel free to mix and match these ideas based on your preferences and create a breakfast spread that suits your taste buds. The key is to balance flavors and textures to make your Cinnamon French Toast meal a memorable one.

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